3 Dec
2019

Adityanath asks BJP functionaries to shun contracts

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi today asked all BJP office bearers and public representatives not to undertake any contractual work and instead monitor them for effective execution.He said BJP’s unprecedented win the recent Assembly elections had only increased the responsibilities of the party and its workers.“No office bearer of the party or any public representative should undertake any contractual work (thekedaari). They should rather monitor them. And, if they find any discrepancy, they can inform me, so that action could be taken immediately against the guilty,” he said.Addressing people at the BJP’s regional office on the second day of his Gorakhpur visit, he said, “After victory, a number of important works have to be accomplished. The people of the state have reposed their faith in us, and the onus is on us to meet their expectations, while ensuring accountability of our actions.”Adityanath also laid stress on sense of responsibility and accountibility among his ministerial colleagues.Also Read 80% of new U.P. MLAs are crorepatis  “I am the CM. (Surya Pratap) Shahi ji is Cabinet minister. But the post of CM or Cabinet Minister is not meant for flaunting. In fact, it is an indicator of one’s responsibility and accountability towards the public, which elected you with an overwhelming majority,” he said, pointing towards some ministers present there.‘Work 20 hours a day or leave’The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who is still the local MP, urged the party to gear up for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“In the next two years, you have to work tirelessly, irrespective of the fact that there is sunshine, rain or biting cold. Efforts should be made to ensure that the welfare schemes of the Centre percolate to the last strata of the society, and needy people are able to avail its benefits,” he said, amidst a thunderous applause from the audience.Underscoring the need for improved work culture, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said people who were prepared to work for 18-20 hours a day are “most welcome” to join him, the rest are free to leave.“Time has come that we should work 18-20 hours a day. There no time for any entertainment (mauj masti),” he said.He also urged the people to help him break the negative image of UP.“For the past few years Uttar Pradesh has been defined as a state from whose boundaries begins darkness, from where the pot-holed roads begin and the place from where the women start to feel insecure. I was to break this mindset,” he said, and added that he wants to make UP a place, where women feel safe and secure.‘Doors must be open to the public’Adityanath said, “I would like to assure that in the next two months, people would come to know how a state government should work. I have got an opportunity to clean the mess (kachdaa saaf karne kaa maukaa milaa hai), and I will do it.”He also advised his ministers that they should be accessible to the public. “The doors of your house and office must remain open to the public. This would ensure that the government is able to reach to the last person of the society.No one would go to bed empty stomach and money would not be a constraint in marriage of any girl,” he said.Referring to the acid attack on a woman from Rae Bareli, Adityanath, said, “The officials are working on ‘puraanaa dharraa’ (old style). I went to KGMU to inquire about the well being of the woman and gave them ultimatum that everything must be done in the next couple of hours.”‘No place for criminals’He also referred to the Agra loot, which was worked out.“There is no place for those who give patronage to the gooda elements, mafia, criminal and other rogue elements. They have the option of leaving UP or else they would land in places designated for them (jails),” he said, while hinting at massive revamping of law and order.He also talked about people committing electricity theft facing the music. “The situation has already improved in Gorakhpur and it would soon improve in the state as well,” he said.“If you find any discrepancy or anomaly, just message me the relevant details. I will ensure action,” he said.last_img read more

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3 Dec
2019

Congress names seven more candidates

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee late on Tuesday night released its sixth list naming candidates for seven seats from Maharashtra, including one in Mumbai. Former MP and senior Congress leader Eknath Gaikwad will be the party’s candidate from Mumbai South Central. Sitting MLAs K.C. Padvi and Kunal Patil have been fielded from Nandurbar (ST) and Dhule respectively. Former State unit president Manikrao Thakare is the candidate from Yavatmal-Washim, while Charulata Tokas and Bhausaheb Kamble will contest from Wardha and Shirdi (SC). Navinchandra Bandivadekar will contest the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat in Konkan. Mr. Gaikwad faces sitting Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale. Mr. Padvi is one of the senior-most tribal MLAs in Nandurbar, a traditional stronghold of Congress. Mr. Padvi had recently resigned from Assembly as a mark of protest over the State government’s move to extend tribal benefits to the Dhangar community. In Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, rumours were afloat that party would exchange the seat with NCP which could extend support to Nilesh Rane of Maharashtra Swabhiman Party.last_img read more

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24 Oct
2019

Processing of Banana Loans Begins Tomorrow

first_imgCome tomorrow (Nov.14), the People’s Cooperative (PC) Bank is slated to begin processing loan applications for the disbursement of $100 million to banana farmers ,who suffered heavy losses during the passage of Hurricane Sandy three weeks ago. Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, said that the exercise will commence at the Trinity boxing plant in St Mary, one of the three banana producing parishes hardest hit. The others are Portland and St. Thomas. Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the loan facility at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens offices on Tuesday (Nov. 13), Minister Clarke, informed that the processing of loan applications for farmers in Portland will commence on Friday (Nov. 16) at the Boundbrook Wharf. The loan facility was negotiated by the Ministry with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which has dispatched the funds to the PC bank, for disbursement through its branches. The Ministry was able to provide $13. 5 million in subsidy, which will enable the farmers to receive the loans at a five per cent interest rate, down from the 8.5 per cent proposed by DBJ. Mr. Clarke indicated that the $100 million represents a 100 per cent increase on $50 million previously earmarked by the DBJ to finance a Ministry pilot project aimed at resuscitating the industry and stimulating the local market in the wake of significant dislocation caused by Tropical Storms Gustav and Nicole in 2008 and 2010, respectively. “We were on the verge of moving forward to see how well we could get back on track…(and) were awaiting disbursement of the funds and the implementation (of the) programme (when) Hurricane Sandy (struck). It…might (well have been)…a blessing in disguise that we did not put that $50 million programme in place earlier, because  we would have been back at square one,’ the Minister stated. He encouraged the farmers to make their applications to the PC Banks in order to access this facility, noting that they must be registered with the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA) and the Banana Board. He said that the Banana Board, through its Transfer Officers, will be providing technical support to assist the farmers in preparing their loan applications. This provision, which he informed, is being underwritten by the Agricultural Credit Board (ACB) at a cost of $5 million, is to “ensure that all the protocols and standards of production are achieved to guarantee the success of this supervised loan programme”. Minister Clarke also advised that additional assessments are being conducted in St. Mary consequent on heavy flood rains, which lashed the parish over the last weekend. Jamaica’s agricultural sector sustained heavy damage and losses totalling some $1.5 billion during the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, resulting in the dislocation of some 37,000 farmers.  Approximately 70 per cent of the local banana industry was impacted, with Portland, St, Thomas and St. Mary recording up to 100 per cent losses. Bananas aside, there was damage to plantains, cocoa, root crops, tubers, poultry, vegetables, and sugar cane, and Clarke disclosed that relief is also being extended to these are other sub-sectors, through RADA. These include: the distribution of fertilizer, chickens, feeds, seeds, and funding to assist with making purchases. “I think, in total, we are going to be distributing about 22,000 bags of fertilizer. We were assisted by (local fertilizer manufacturer Newport) Fersan Limited, which made a donation of about 1000 bags and we are purchasing the rest (from them). They have kindly consented to give us a discount of about eight per cent from what we are buying from them,” the Minister informed.last_img read more

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31 Jul
2019

LEE Gaskell has joined Salford City Reds on loan u

first_imgLEE Gaskell has joined Salford City Reds on loan until the end of the season.The 22-year-old half back has made 43 appearances for the Club since making his debut in 2010 but has found chances limited in 2013.Coming the other way is Stuart Howarth, 23, who is a hooker / loose forward.He was the only Reds player to feature in every one of the club’s 29 matches last season, mostly as a hooker but as scrum half towards the latter end of the campaign.Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said: “At this stage of his career Lee needs to be playing more regularly and with chances limited at present it made sense for him to go out on loan.“We’re looking forward to watching him develop and I’m sure he will do a good job for Salford.“Stuart has shown in his time at Salford that he is a capable and experienced player and will prove more than adequate cover for a multitude of positions.“He will be put straight into the Good Friday squad and we are confident he will do well.”last_img read more

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